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Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs Book 3)
Dirty Laundry (Tucker Springs Book 3)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Vast DEPARTURE in Tone for the Series, March 26, 2013
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So far this is the third novel in the Tucker Springs series that I have read and for the most part I really enjoy the series, especially the realistic interactions between seemingly unrealistic couples. But this novel starts to slowly move away from the tone of unlikely and unlucky lovers happening to find each other, into a story deeply rooted in BDSM. The story begins with Denver (a bouncer at the local gay bar) saving Adam (A Graduate Student studying Bugs at the local college) from a gang of drunk frat boys picking on him and launches into the unlikely relationship between a 30-something high school drop out gym rat and an OCD riddled, incredibly smart Adam. But about half way through the book Adam's OCD becomes a front concern for all involved and the book quickly moves into rather graphic (for the tone set in this series) depictions of S&M, Punishment and Humiliation. It wasn't so much the content off the book that put me off, but it was no warning and it feels like it came out of left-field, and unfortunately I'm left with 30% of a book I was enjoying that I don't know if I will be able to finish.


Fifty Shades of Gay (The Original Gay Parody)
Fifty Shades of Gay (The Original Gay Parody)
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2.0 out of 5 stars 50 Shades of Could have been Better, September 6, 2012
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I really wanted to like this book being a fan of the EL James similarly titled novel. And while the book starts out good enough it slowly transitions into something that's a little too goofy, a little too weird and severely unrealistic. I understand that this is a spoof and as such I expected something along the lines of the "Scary Movie" franchise, but instead we are left with a novel that makes no sense, is way too long at only 122 pages and never really hits a stride, except to be weird (only for the sake of being weird).


Desert Sons
Desert Sons
Price: $4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, Engrossing and Impossible to Put Down..., July 10, 2012
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This review is from: Desert Sons (Kindle Edition)
In the last 10 years I have read a lot of m/m and gay romance novels ranging the gantlet in terms of quality. Unfortunately, most novels within these genres quality wise are nothing better than online fan fiction. But I keep reading them because everyone once in awhile I will come across a genuine gem such as David Leviathan's "Boy Meets Boy" and Jay Bell's "Something Like Summer," and now "Desert Sons."

This is one of those rare stories that will stick with you weeks after you have finished reading the last page (several times) and you continue to think about the characters, their lives and the experiences within the books (there is a single sequel) for a long time afterwards. And it is all because the author is able to build a realistic, sweet, humors and well-described world; one that many readers would love to visit. From the lush descriptions of the California Desert to the Oregon Coast to the development of many secondary characters (that receive much more pathos and attention than necessary) is able to elevate this simple love story into something unforgettable, despite it's rather simplistic premise.

"Deserts Sons" and its sequel "Into this world we're Thrown" follow the story of Scott and Ryan both teenagers in the early 90s. After an accident Ryan is forced to move from his Oregon hometown to the Desert of Yucca Valley, CA to live with this uncle. It is here that he meets Scott, a local boy who grew up working in his family's restaurant. Despite both of these boys not even having the capacity to name the love that they feel growing between them, eventually develops into one of the most realistic and unforgettable literary romances I have come across.

I purposely haven't gone into much plot detail because I don't want to spoil a second of the story for new viewers, this review is just to encourage those on the verge to purchase these books - you won't regret the purchase; just that there was never a third novel!


Addicted to Company
Addicted to Company
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Price: $4.42
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough but not Spectacular, March 22, 2012
This review is from: Addicted to Company (Audio CD)
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I found this CD to be fun to listen too, but did not contact any songs that I would find myself humming or singing along too after listening too. I enjoyed the melody and the beat, but as I said its nothing you won't forget as soon as you turn your machine onto another CD.


Kaplan GRE 2011 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan GRE Premier Program (W/CD))
Kaplan GRE 2011 Premier with CD-ROM (Kaplan GRE Premier Program (W/CD))
by Kaplan
Edition: Paperback
234 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, March 22, 2012
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I have read and studied several books pertaining to the GRE and this is by far the most helpful book and easiest to read of the bunch.

The examples are error-proof, insighftul and easy to use as a roadmap for other questions. The practice exams are also helpful and the closest to the actual exam I have seen. I cannot recommend this book even more.

*Note: I have not yet used the CD-ROM so I cannot comment on it.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Does not Last, March 22, 2012
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This product was initially very fun providing an interesting twist to the 'Mario Kart' game for wii. But after only several hours of play my 5-year-old neice had broken it by pressing too hard on the petals. Despite my attempts the thing would never work again. I would suggest spluring for a more reliable product.


Personal Finance in Your 20s For Dummies
Personal Finance in Your 20s For Dummies
by Eric Tyson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.38
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but Not Great, March 22, 2012
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This book is aimed more for individuals between the ages of 17-20 than those in their mid-20s. While it does explain important factors such as health insurance, homeowners insurance, bank accounts, 401k's and other hard-to-initially-understand concepts that everyone needs to focus on in their mid-20s the book is more interested in explaining more elementary concepts.

Half the book is composed of different ways to save money and set up a budget - something hopefully everyone by their 21st birthday can do to some extent. It explores the different kinds of bank accounts as well as budgetary tips - it would be nothing new to someone how has had a working checking account for more than a couple of months.

As the book goes forward it explains investing (something that many 20somethings won't have enough money for until their 30s) and tips on getting car/home loans (which can be helpful, but useless without having 10% of the downpayment in cash).

So in some it is an useful book for the 'dummies' but if you have any understanding of investments and banking this book may be too low-brow for you.


Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
by Sarah Mlynowski
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.26
110 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Entertaining - a book you won't want to put down!, March 22, 2012
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Like many 80s movies Nd young adult novels, "10 Things" evokes the spirit of being a teenager and not being able to wait for adulthood. But when given an opportunity to finally be treated like an adult, the main character just wants to go back to being a kid.


Stan Helsing
Stan Helsing
DVD ~ Leslie Nielsen
Price: $10.03
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A silly waste of energy, October 30, 2010
This review is from: Stan Helsing (DVD)
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I never had high expectations for this movie. Actually I had zero expectations for this movie. I just assumed that it would be random cotton candy enjoyment on the level of a really bad made for cable B movie. But in fact the film is so lackluster it becomes downright dull and boring. Save yourself the money and energy you'd put in to this film and go to the dentist. You'll be happier.


Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel
Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel
by Armistead Maupin
Edition: Hardcover
212 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Catching up with old friends, October 30, 2010
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When I picked up "Mary Ann in Autumn" for the first time it came with a flood of emotion and memories, like seeing a very good friend for the first time in years. An obvious sequel to "Michael Tolliver Lives" and the "Tales of the City" book-series, this novel stands apart for several reasons. While "Michael Tolliver Lives" was a return to the characters and word that the audience had spent decades discovering and growing to love, this is the novel is more about getting to know who Mary Ann had become and why...

The novel is a beautifully written valentine to the fans and the character of Mary Ann - and very poignant for fans of the original books. As almost anyone reading this review already knows, the story doesn't matter - that it is the interactions between Mary Ann and Mouse that make this such a magical story. Unlike the previous novels this is not a novel about Sex, San Francisco or even really family - it is a story of two friends coming together after spending a lifetime apart. When the last book of "Tales of the City" ended Mary Ann and Mouse (the 1970s version of Will and Grace) parted ways and barely spoke for nearly 30 years. But now when one of them is in serious trouble it is like no time has passed. While Maupin does revisit several other characters from the original books, he uses this novel wisely not as a sequel but as a reunion between two friends whom should have never been separated.

My only real complaint with the novel is that it is simply too short and begs for more information and for storylines to be told in greater depth. Despite the novel not necessarily being about the other characters from the tales books I feel like they were short-sided in many ways and Maupin leaves several storylines unclear or even up in the air... if this means that there are more visits to look forward to in the future I'm all game. But I hope such a magical story doesn't come to a conclusion forever on this note.


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